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 Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Nigeria, Leon H. Sullivan Summit in Abuja--910
    Radio address--913
    Texas, HealthierUS Initiative in Dallas--931
    Urban leaders--920

 Bill Signings

    Legislation to provide Bill Emerson and Mickey Leland Hunger 
        Fellowships, statement--917

 Communications to Congress

    Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996, 
        letter on review of title III--925
    Requests to change appropriations law and budget amendment for the 
        Department of Veterans Affairs, letter transmitting--920
    U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement, message transmitting proposed 
        legislation to implement--918
    U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, message transmitting proposed 
        legislation to implement--919

Interviews With the News Media

     Exchanges with reporters
         Abuja, Nigeria--909
         Oval Office--914
    News conference with Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United 
        Kingdom, July 17--926

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Nigeria, President Obasanjo--909, 910
    United Kingdom, Prime Minister Blair--926
    United Nations, Secretary-General Annan--914

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    African Union, welcoming new leadership--914
    Death of Celia Cruz--931
    House of Representatives action on the ``Project BioShield Act of 
    Iraqi Governing Council, establishment--917

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--938
     Checklist of White House press releases--937
     Digest of other White House announcements--935
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--937

  Editor's Note: The President was at the Bush Ranch in Crawford, TX, on 
July 18, the closing date of this issue. Releases and announcements 
issued by the Office of the Press Secretary but not received in time for 
inclusion in this issue will be printed next week.

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Week Ending Friday, July 18, 2003
Remarks Prior to Discussions With President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria 
and an Exchange With Reporters in Abuja, Nigeria

July 12, 2003

    President Obasanjo. Mr. President----
    President Bush. Here, I'll stand up with you.
    President Obasanjo. Is that what you want?
    President Bush. Oh, absolutely. I want to be over here. [Laughter]
    President Obasanjo. It is, indeed, a matter of general honor and 
pleasure for me to welcome you, Mr. President, to our country, Nigeria. 
On behalf of all the people of Nigeria, I sincerely extend to you our 
warmest greetings on this historic visit to our continent of Africa in 
general and to Nigeria in particular.
    President has generally acknowledged that much has changed in the 
world since the end of the cold war. There's no doubt there is an 
emerging new world order, with new realities of nations and people 
throughout the world--their international outlooks, seek new friends and 
confirm old realities in the bid to find fresh places for global peace, 
harmony, and security.
    In this imagined new world order, Mr. President, the rest of the 
world acknowledges that the United States of America will remain a key 
player politically, economically, and militarily. Thus we appreciate 
your visit to our continent as indication that Africa is to be reckoned 
with in the emerging world order. We salute your visit to so many 
African countries--four of them--and now Nigeria, in particular, as an 
expression that Africa should not be sidelined or even detached from 
the--of the emerging world order.
    We in Africa realize the extent to which we are ultimately 
responsible for our own development and that we are the architects of 
our fortune or misfortune. Nevertheless, this is also generally true 
that hardly any country has transformed its fortunes without external 
support from friends and well-wishers. That is why we acknowledge with 
deepest appreciation the role that the United States has played and 
continues to play, particularly within the G-8, in supporting the vision 
of the New Partnership for African Development, NEPAD. As you are well 
aware, Mr. President, NEPAD is our vision as well as our blueprint for 
making our continent great.
    Through the NEPAD, African leaders have made a commitment to the 
African peoples and to the world to work together in developing the 
continent by consolidating democracy, good governance, and implementing 
such general social, economic development programs. Implicit in the 
NEPAD program are all the universal values, such as democracy, human 
rights, rule of law, eradication of corruption, conflict resolution, and 
fight against terrorism. We are hopeful that NEPAD will strengthen 
Africa's position in the emerging world order.
    Here in Nigeria, we are making bold strides to consolidate democracy 
and reform our Government structures as well as the national economy. We 
also have continuing and new regional responsibilities, especially in 
the area of maintaining security. These areas require global 
understanding, cooperation, and substantial financial support. You will 
agree with me that sustainable national reforms are central to regional 
and global transformation and for development.
    Thank you, Mr. President.
    President Bush. Thank you, friend.
    It's my honor, Mr. President, to be here as your guest. Gosh, we've 
met three or four times already. You keep telling me to come to your 
country--finally made it. And I'm glad we're here. It's been a--it's an 
    Listen, Nigeria is a very important country on the continent of 
Africa. And because of your forthrightness and your style and your 
commitment, you're a very important leader

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on this continent, and I'm honored to be here with you.
    I appreciate very much your commitment to trade and markets, and we 
look forward to being an active trading partner with Nigeria. I 
appreciate your commitment to regional peace, and we will work with 
Nigeria and ECOWAS on issues such as Liberia. I appreciate very much 
your focus on education, and the United States stands ready to help.
    But most of all, Mr. President, I appreciate your honesty and 
openness and forthrightness when it comes to battling the pandemic of 
AIDS. You're truly an international leader on this issue. And the United 
States of America, when Congress acts, will stand side by side with 
leaders such as yourself to fight the pandemic of AIDS to save lives.
    So Mr. President, it's an honor to be here. I've been looking 
forward to this visit for a long time. I appreciate your leadership, and 
I appreciate your friendship. Thank you very much.

Director of Central Intelligence/State of the Union Address

    Q. Mr. President, do you have faith in your CIA Director?
    President Bush. Yes, I do, absolutely. I've got confidence in George 
Tenet. I've got confidence in the men and women who work at the CIA, and 
I continue to--I look forward to working with them and--as we win this 
war on terror.
    Q. Mr. President----
    Assistant Press Secretary Reed Dickens. Thank you all. Thank you.
    Q. Is the matter over then?
    Q. Mr. Bush, what about----
    Q. Do you consider the matter over, sir, that----
    President Bush. I do.


    Q. What about Liberia? Is America sending troops to Liberia?
    President Bush. The President and I just talked about Liberia, and 
we are--our assessment teams are still in place. We need to know exactly 
what is necessary to achieve our objectives. The first objective, of 
course, is for Mr. Taylor to leave the country, which he said he is--do. 
And I want to thank the President for his leadership on that issue. It's 
been a tough issue, but he's led. And the world is grateful for that.
    Secondly, we've got a commitment to the cease-fire. And therefore, 
we need to know exactly what it means to keep the cease-fire in place. 
Thirdly, we got a commitment to relieve human suffering, and we need to 
know what that has required. And so, we're still in the process of 
assessing. And I told the President we would be active. And the 
definition of that will be made known when we're--when we understand all 
the parameters.
    Q. See a decision next week, sir?

    Assistant Press Secretary Dickens. Thank you all very much. Thank 

    President Bush. I'm not sure yet when, Randy [Randall Mikkelsen, 

    Assistant Press Secretary Dickens. Pool, let's go.

    Q. Thank you, sir.

    President Bush. Thank you.

Note: The President spoke at approximately 10:58 a.m. at Aso 
Presidential Villa. In his remarks, he referred to President Charles 
Taylor of Liberia. A tape was not available for verification of the 
content of these remarks.

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Week Ending Friday, July 18, 2003
Remarks at the Leon H. Sullivan Summit in Abuja

July 12, 2003

    Thank you all. Thank you very much. Thanks a lot. Please be seated--
please. J.C., thank you for that warm introduction. I thought you might 
have lost your touch--[laughter]--as a retired Member of Congress, but 
you didn't. I'm proud to be introduced by my friend. And I want to thank 

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